This is bad — really bad, even worse than the pun in the above headline. Let’s go to the video:
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether this patenting of human genes — possibly your human genes — described in the video is legal. (Here’s a lawyer explaining the issues in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics for you, if you’re into that sort of thing.) Apparently, they’re not that likely to win — although they did win at a lower level — but even the attempt is an example of a corporate action best expressed as, spelling things out in the language of amino acids, “GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”! We’ll have more on the story as it develops — unless they repossess the body parts we need to type it for you. (By the way, people have been unable to get cancer tests because they can’t afford the royalties they have to pay Myriad Genetics due to their patent, so this is sort of “life-and-deathy.”)
This is your Weekend Open Thread. Talk about this or whatever else you’d like, within broad bounds of reason and decorum.